Sharing Dreams Project is a volunteer-driven non-profit organisation that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes, and that runs various volunteer projects, focusing above all on improving the well-being of women and children.
We work directly with communities of the Central Andes of Peru, where the neglect and need is great. There is virtually no presence of volunteering or state organisations providing these children with assistance, emotional, caring, educational or material support. Come and participate in this wonderful cause, by helping to improve self-esteem that has been destroyed and by assisting with education. Many of the children come from dysfunctional migrant Quechua families that suffer from neglect and domestic violence that is caused by their difficult situation and economic, social and cultural marginalisation.
Working with children consists of preparing and giving educational workshops as a means of providing support (art, baking, educational games, handicrafts, acting, theatre, extra lessons, human values, languages etc.) This support helps the children to build confidence and provides them with care. The organisation is always open to all types of proposals and suggestions.
Working with women consists of organising "Warmy" (meaning "Woman" in Quechua) Women self-help groups, providing informational talks on preventative health and nutrition (family and child), women's rights, coping with gender-based violence, self-esteem, and hands-on activities such as baking, organic gardening, ecological wood-burning stoves, and training for small businesses, focused on self-management and group organisation.
As a volunteer, you will have strong exposure to the Quechua language (language of the Andean and Incan culture), information on the Peruvian culture, history and idiosyncrasies, classes in Peruvian cooking, and you will be taken on guided group excursions to neighbouring areas or places within the immediate vicinity of the project in the Central Andes. You can achieve all this at little cost, broadening your experience in a country of the Andes.
Volunteering with this organisation is not costly. They merely require a contribution that covers your accommodation and 3 meals. Rooms are shared with other volunteers, although there are single-occupancy rooms available.
If you are looking to contribute to a social volunteering project, that is developed by volunteers themselves, where you work in teams, offering you socio-cultural immersion at little to no cost (excursions, choices of language or cooking courses, access to knowledge on culture and folklore), in a rewarding and fun format, write to us.